Hundreds Rally Against Casinos In Ky At State Capitol

More than a hundred women went to the state capital Tuesday to say gambling isn't the answer to Kentucky's problems.

They rallied in the rotunda against the governor's plan. It started with a simple hymn of forgiveness and peace, but it quickly turned to loud applause and demands.

Dozens of women of all ages and backgrounds with stories of how they say gambling doesn't solve problems, it creates them. Lawmakers are considering several plans to build casinos throughout the state if voters approve it.

The governor says the gambling proceeds will boost health care and education, a win-win for many.

Everyone at the capitol had a different story to share. Some say they've seen problems in their community but a Versailles woman say it's hit home in her family.

Adrian Holloway says gambling destroyed both her parents lives when they lived near Las Vegas.

"They have nothing. My mother has nothing. At the age of 70, not a penny in savings because of this addiction," Holloway says.

And some viewed the governor's plan with sadness.

"I know the addictions that I battled in my life and to know that their faces and the families that will be torn apart if casinos come to this state," Holloway says.

They all had different stories but their main argument is that problem gambling is like a drug addiction, you don't stop until the damage is already done.

There could soon be changes to the governor's casino plan. The committee studying expanded gambling recommended Tuesday the number of proposed casinos in Kentucky be reduced to nine. The governor called for 12.

Five of the casinos could be operated at horse tracks but some lawmakers fear there's nothing in the substitute plan that guarantees any casinos at tracks.

The committee approved the recommendation which now goes to the constitutional amendments and election committee.

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  • by Ann Location: Eastern Kentucky on Feb 22, 2008 at 03:00 PM
    I don't understand why people feel so threatened by casinos. Do they think someone is going to force them to visit one? It is so silly. That would be like me saying I dont think there should be restaurants just because I dont want to visit them. Why can't this be put to a simple vote? Just because you dont want to do something doesn't give you the right to tell others what they can and can't do. The only people that would go to the casino's are the ones who right now drive to Indiana. Why not keep this money in Kentucky while drawing income from other states. People are so afraid of their own insecurities that they make up excuses to block it. The race track and lottory have not increased crime. If you have been to a casino, you know that the type of people who go there are not riff raff that are looking for trouble. This is the blind complaining about something they do not know anything about.
  • by kymom Location: lex on Feb 22, 2008 at 01:19 PM
    I thought that bringing the Equestrian Games here was going to solve our financial problems...I guess the politicians have to gamble their free money some way!
  • by Larry Location: Richmond on Feb 22, 2008 at 12:35 PM
    I am so much against this gambling casinos. It will bring high rate of crime to KY. it is just not a good idea to have them here. We have enought of the gambling, the Ky lottery and powerball is one of them. so thats enough, get over it and put a jobs over here built factory here for everyone to work. Do not sent any more of the factory to overseas or to mexico. no wonder the econonmy is so bad. Where is the jobs?
  • by Don Location: London on Feb 22, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    All the promises of revenue being made for casinoes was also made for the lottery.What will Frankfort want next to get our money.And what happened to the story about some casino owner giving over $1 million to our governor's election? That story sure got hushed quick.
  • by JERRY Location: OHIO on Feb 22, 2008 at 02:40 AM
  • by Gary Location: Southern Ky. on Feb 21, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    Why not put Casinos in Ky that way we can use the income on things that we can use instead of giving to Indiana. I would say that 1 out of ten women that was in Frankfort goes to Indiana so there Husband don't catch them
  • by stephen Location: paris on Feb 21, 2008 at 01:51 PM
    I thought the lottery was going to solve the education finance problem.Also,how come nobody has questioned if the governor or any other gov. employee will profit from gambling once out of office.
  • by Confused Location: East Ky on Feb 21, 2008 at 12:34 PM
    If we are going to have casinos, why do we have such restictions on where and how many? Why can't we have it so that anyone who wants to open a casino can build a building or rent space in a strip mall and do so? Let them pay the appropriate taxes, put in a few slots and a couple of game tables and do business. Why do all casinos have to be such grand affairs? Lets open this up to the small businessman with limited means. This looks to me to be just another plan to help the rich get richer at the cost of the common man.
  • by Lesley Location: Ky on Feb 21, 2008 at 11:08 AM
    There isn't anything wrong with casinos everyone needs to just accept its a part of our societies if u don't believe in it don't do it. And it will save a lot of ppl gas
  • by Steve on Feb 21, 2008 at 10:45 AM
    Just think of all the gas money I'm saving you by not driving to Indiana!
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